Definition of cynic
1 capitalized : an adherent of an ancient Greek school of philosophers who held the view that virtue is the only good and that its essence lies in self-control and independence
2 : a faultfinding captious critic; especially : one who believes that human conduct is motivated wholly by self-interest Of course, there will always be cynics when companies make good-faith apologies and seek to follow through. — Andrew Ross Sorkin
Examples of cynic in a Sentence
He's too much of a cynic to see the benefits of marriage.
A cynic might think that the governor visited the hospital just to gain votes.
Reporters who cover politics often become cynics.
Recent Examples of cynic from the Web
Cynics are said to be people who are prematurely disappointed about the future.
Given the history of voter-ID laws and Kobach’s results with previous databases, the cynics can be forgiven for suspecting that was the goal all along.
Cynics might suggest that a shrinking Germany wants young, cheap manual laborers.
Cynics are likely to say this is just another questionable way in which the Hawks are going to circumvent the cap.
While the cynics out there may call this a cash-in, Before the Storm has its moments—at least if the E3 demo is anything to go by.
Viewed optimistically, these Pride Month items are a chance for brands to support equal rights, though cynics may see these efforts as just another chance to sell more stuff.
A cynic could have taken it as a sign that the creators planned to elongate subplots from the book in order to extract enough content to fill several seasons.
Cynics and critics, such as Wal-Mart workers who share comments at OUR Walmart, say their experience is different.
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Did You Know?
The ancient Greece school of philosophers known as Cynics was founded by Antisthenes, a contemporary of Plato. Antisthenes is said to have taught at a gymnasium outside Athens called the Kynosarges, from which the name of the school, kynikoi, literally, “doglike ones,” may be derived. On the other hand, the name is most closely associated with the most famous Cynic philosopher, Diogenes of Sinope. Diogenes rejected social conventions and declared that whatever was natural and easy could not be indecent and therefore can and should be done in public. This shamelessness earned him the Greek epithet ho kyōn, “the dog.” In English, however, cynic and cynical have more to do with distrust of motives than shamelessness.
CYNIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cynic for English Language Learners
: a person who has negative opinions about other people and about the things people do; especially : a person who believes that people are selfish and are only interested in helping themselves
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